Review this list of rodent species we find in our Noosa and surrounding areas to help you better understand and identify what little ‘critter’ is causing your problem. Look at identifying characteristics such has body shape, droppings and colour carefully. And don’t forget we’re here to help solve your problem.

Antechinus Droppings

Antechinus

(Antechinus spp.)

Native to Australia
  • Native in Australia
  • Found in many regions of Australia including the Sunshine Coast & Hinterland
  • Are known to shelter in homes
  • Carnivorous and nocturnal marsupial

Treatment Options

  • Can be caught in Humane Traps and removed.
  • Cannot be destroyed
  • Will not eat Rodent Bait.
  • Difficult to identify because they are nocturnal, however the droppings are a giveaway. They are full of beetle wings etc (They eat insects) and very dry.
Mice droppings

House Mouse

(Mus spp.)

  • Small rodent
  • Grey, brown to black depending on region
  • 7 – 10 cm long
Invasive (not native to Australia)
  • Found throughout Australia
  • Ground dwelling in burrows
  • Common in homes during cooler weather
  • Prefers cereals

Treatment Options

  • Exclusion is key to managing rodents
  • Can be caught in Humane Traps and removed or bait and or snap traps.
  • Professional pest control services can be engaged or visit your local hardware store for DIY options
  • Droppings are tiny in comparison to rat or Antechinus.
Rat Droppings

Black Rat

(Rattus spp.)

  • Small rodent
  • Grey, brown to black depending on region
  • 15 – 24 cm long
Invasive (not native to Australia)
  • Can be destructive | They chew on anything including electrical wiring
  • Found Australia wide
  • Frequently found in roofs & in attic spaces
  • Common in homes during cooler weather
  • Show a slight Neophobic response (fear of new objects

Treatment Options

  • Exclusion is key to managing rodents
  • Can be caught in Humane Traps and removed or bait and or snap traps
  • Professional pest control services can be engaged or visit your local hardware store for DIY options
  • Droppings are smooth and dark in comparison to Antechinus
Rat Droppings

Norway rat

(Rattus norvegicus.)

  • Large rodent
  • Grey, brown to black depending on region
  • 20 – 27 cm long
Invasive (not native to Australia)
  • Can be destructive | They chew on anything including electrical wiring
  • Found throughout Australia
  • Ground dwelling in burrows
  • Common in homes during cooler weather
  • Enjoys urban areas abundant food source and shelter
  • Nocturnal
  • Omnivorous (will eat anything a human eats)
  • Can be destructive | They chew on anything including electrical wiring

Treatment Options

  • Exclusion is key to managing rodents
  • Can be caught in Humane Traps and removed or bait and or snap traps
  • Professional pest control services can be engaged or visit your local hardware store for DIY options
  • Droppings are smooth and dark in comparison to Antechinus

Tips To Prevent

  • Ensure that any food sources are removed such as food scraps, fallen fruit from trees and pet food, including birdseed (rodents are hoarders for food).
  • If you have any loose items in your pantry it may be a good idea to put it in containers. This will also help to remove stored items from around the home as this can give them somewhere to nest.
  • Try to cut back overhanging foliage so it limits the chance of them getting into your roof void.
  • It’s also a good idea to seal up any holes or large cracks.